ANAMBRA STATE government yesterday frowned at the wrong channeling of drainages, which has caused erosion in various communities across the state, and vowed to sanction defaulters.
To this end, contractors handling erosion control projects in Anambra State have been warned against compromising quality as the state government will neither accept poorly done jobs nor entertains undue delay in the execution of the erosion control projects.
Speaking while inspecting the on-going erosion control projects in various parts of the state, the Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Princess Chinwe Nwaebili, lamented the extent of devastation of land caused by erosion and reiterated Governor Willie Obiano’s resolve to tackle the erosion problems in the state headlong.
She said that investigations have revealed that reasonable percentage of the gully problems were precipitated by human actions, wrong termination of road constructions and development along flood plains and said that the ministry would seek partnership with relevant ministries and agencies in the State to ensure that due precautionary measures like conduct of Environmental Impact Assessment, EIA and Environmental Audit, EA are mainatained to protect the environment.
The Commissioner and her team visited the New Judiciary Erosion site, Iyiagu Erosion site and Umubele Erosion site all  in Awka. Others were Ebenebe Erosion site, Ebenebe and Ugunu Erosion site, Agulu.
At Obosi, Idemili-North Local Government Area where 20 buildings were wrecked by flooding at Minaj Neighbourhood along Minaj Road, the Hon. Commissioner for Environment, Princess Chinwe expressed fears that some contractors could unwittingly terminate the flood ways leading to adverse consequences to the environment and the people within the area.
In his comments, the General Manager of Mannison Nigeria Limited, the engineering company handling the New Judiciary Erosion project, Mr. Emmanuel Abbi, lauded the government’s resolve to deploy resources to tackle erosion and control flood in the state.
He promised to deliver to specification because his company has the capacity and capability to complete and deliver quality job within the stipulated project time.
The Rector of John Bosco Seminary School, Obosi, Rev. Fr. Nchedom Chinazo explained to the people whenever it rains noting the topography of the area was a major problem. He therefore appealed to the state government to build flood channels in a manner that all the flood waters in the area would be conveniently collected and emptied into the Idemili River without any harm to human and material resources.

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